Children affected by blood cancer attended a special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on 7 July, hosted by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in London’s Coram’s Fields.
Over 30 children, from toddlers to teens, were joined by their families for the special Un-Birthday party, celebrating 50 years of ground breaking research in to blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Coram’s Fields was transformed into an Alice in Wonderland themed garden for the children, who have all been treated at London hospitals including Royal Marsden, Hammersmith Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Surrounded by giant tea-cups, potion bottles and playing cards the children and their families were welcomed by Alice and friends the Mad Hatter, the March Hair and the Queen of Hearts for an afternoon of face-painting, crafts and cakes. Children’s author Antony Lishak came along too read the children his latest story.
Community Fundraising Manager, Emily Wainwright said: “We really wanted to bring families touched by blood cancer together to give them a well deserved break from treatment. It was lovely that together we could celebrate Leukaemia & Lymphoma’s 50th birthday.
"When our charity began the chances of a child surviving blood cancer was virtually nil. Now nine out of ten survive thanks to our research. But we want to make sure every child survives. The equation is simple, the more money raised equals the more lives saved.”
This year Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is asking supporters to help the charity celebrate its 50th anniversary by holding an Un-Birthday Tea Party.
The Un-Birthday idea is from Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass, where Alice learns that birthdays come but once a year but un-birthdays can be celebrated on the other 364 days.
Organise your own Un-Birthday Party
If you’d like to hold your own Un-Birthday Party, find out more or request a fundraising pack, please contact our Supporter Engagement team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on 020 769 9002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.beatbloodcancers.org/unbirthday